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Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Gary Bedore’s Kansas basketball notebook

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Thomas update

Former Kansas University power forward Quintrell Thomas, who recently announced plans to transfer, told Lasvegassun.com he will visit UNLV this weekend. He visited St. Joseph’s last weekend and will visit Siena in two weeks.

Brainwashing

KU coach Bill Self was asked Tuesday about signing Xavier Henry to a grant-in-aid five months after Rivals.com’s No. 8-rated player signed a letter of intent with Memphis. Xavier’s brother, C.J., will leave Memphis to also play at KU.

“I think Xavier’s always wanted to be a Jayhawk. I think he and his brother were brainwashed KU all throughout their childhood by his mother and father,” Self joked of father, Carl, and mom, Barbara, who played at KU. He was speaking at an awards ceremony in Oklahoma City.

“When it didn’t work out and they picked Memphis, it wasn’t because of Kansas. It was because of extenuating circumstances (car accident involving Xavier), which was best for the family at that moment. Of course, it took a long time to get there, but I think it’s well worth the wait and he gives us a piece to the puzzle that we did not have last year,” Self added.

Jayhawk Invite update

The top two 17 and under players to compete in this weekend’s Jayhawk invitational are future KU player Royce Woolridge (Arizona Magic) and KU target Harrison Barnes (All-Iowa Attack Red), who will meet at 7:10 p.m. Friday at Haskell. An elite 16 and under player, Bradley Beal, 6-3 from Chaminade High in St. Louis, will be playing for the St. Louis Eagles at 8:20 p.m. Friday at Robinson; 9:10 a.m. Saturday at Robinson and 4:10 p.m. Saturday at Haskell. Beal is considering KU, Missouri, Illinois and others.

Memphis wanting out?

KU senior associate athletic director Larry Keating said Tuesday he had not heard any reports of Memphis possibly wanting to ask out of a proposed game against KU on Nov. 17 in St. Louis. Arkansas and Louisville are slated to play in the other game.

Comments

Eurekahwk 10 years, 9 months ago

I hope if Memphis can't escape, that we don't let up. Even if the show has left town, they will show up and play with what they've got. We have to put em down for the count and close the book on the Memphis basketball dynasty.

Jeffery Barrett 10 years, 9 months ago

"Memphis basketball dynasty"????? WTF?!?!?! I can usually recognize sarcasm, but......

Timmay97 10 years, 9 months ago

If we get Harrison Barnes, I guarantee you it will be in the late signing period ala Xavier Henry this year. Reason being.....he will want to know whether or not Henry is staying or going after his freshman year. I see Barnes the same as I see Stephenson.....there's really no place for him even next year (assuming Henry would stay).

fansincewilt 10 years, 9 months ago

We should switch - KS plays Louisville and Memphis plays Arkansas. You've got to feel sorry for the Memphis Tigers. We who know what it means to loose a major player in college basketball (both players and coach) should give Memphis a break. I hope they can get back up on their feet as Kansas did. I remember not too long ago a couple years that we went through some tough times in the Big Dance.

Martin Rosenblum 10 years, 9 months ago

Is there a date that all schedules must be completed and games/matchups cannot be cancelled by either team? I guess I'm ignorant on these things. But, there must be some sort of contractural obligations involved beside a handshake to play each other on or around a proposed date. I do know that sometimes the TV networks are a large part of scheduling, but in the end, the schools must have most of the input.

It would be ironic for Withe to be playing against a Josh Pastner coached Memphis team since Pastner recruited him to play at Arizona.

Seth Peattie 10 years, 9 months ago

the memphis basketball dynasty - was there one? didn't we close that last year when we beat them for the national championship? why should we feel sorry for them? coaches leave. anyone think the rest of the NCAA felt sorry for KU in 2003?

memphis can ...........

.................SUCK IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

InfiniteJ 10 years, 9 months ago

That wouldn't be irony, it would be coincidence.

jayhawkinATL 10 years, 9 months ago

I wonder why Rutgers is not in the running for Quintrell???

jaybate 10 years, 8 months ago

Burnt Ends

} A KU retro band specializing in basketball folk music, has just burned a CD of a folk song sung to the tune of Peter, Paul and Mary's cut of "Where Have All the Flowers Gone." The lyrics start out...

"Where have all, the Mempusses gone? Long time passing. Where have all their lurkers gone Long time ago. When will they ever learn? When will they...ever learn?"

The retro-group, billing itself as Jay and the Hawks 33 1/2, plays mostly in the nude at sand bar parties and bar mitzfahs around the midwest.

} jaybate's sources close to the Memphis Athletic Department indicate that due to the exodus of talent from the Memphis Tiger basketball team, and the tanking of season ticket sales, the posh Tiger athletic housing will soon be leased out to a Memphis escort service called Tiger Skanks.

} Sources in Lexington, Kentucky, indicate a faction of impatient, crypto-fasicst UK alumni are plotting the firing, and possible assassination, of John Calipari before he even coaches his first game, because he failed to land Xavier Henry. Larry Brown, who reputedly advised Cal to do the "Larry Leap" from Memphis to UK, has already informally offered Cal a position in Charlotte as Larry's valet.

} An AP Wire story datelined Lexington indicates that a tanker truck full of mousse overturned on Interstate 64. The truck had just arrived in Lexington from Memphis. Representatives of the trucking firm speaking off the record acknowledged that the truck was carrying a year's supply of John Calipari's favorite hair care product.

} Sources in Lawrence and Topeka indicate that Bilderberg-schmoozer Kathleen Sebelius will be forced to resign as governor due to improprieties exposed in her cabinet nomination. Carl Henry is expected to be appointed governor to finish her term.

} KU senior associate athletic director Larry Keating is rumored to be a contender for the National Associate Athletic Director of the Year Award. Within the profession, the honor is variously called the "See No Evil Award," the "I Have Not Yet Heard Award," and "The University Has No Comment Until the NCAA Makes Its Decision Award." When asked about possibly being the award's recipient, Keating said, "I have not heard any reports indicating this."

} In an unprecedented move by a student athlete, C.J. Henry has endowed a scholarship fund for KU players and will be its first recipient. His donation to his own C.J. Henry Scholarship Fund earned him a sufficiently large write-off to reduce the after tax cost of his education by one third. It is not clear whether the savings will be pocketed by C.J., or passed on to the Steinbrenners.

jaybate 10 years, 8 months ago

Burnt Ends Contd.

} ESPN sources speaking on deep back ground indicate that ESPN basketball broadcasters are being terrorized by Bob Knight when the cameras are off. Knight has been unable to control his urge to coach and has been giving incessant instruction to Dick Vitale, Jay Bilas, Doug Gottlieb, Digger Phelps and others. jaybate's sources indicate that Knight is grabbing fellow broadcasters by the ties and slapping them until they agree to phrasings and pronunciations Knight demands. Vitale apparently likes the slapping, saying it helps him deal with not being worthy of his fame. Bilas is secretly filing a legal brief about Knights inappropriate behavior. Doug Gottlieb believes this is just a sign that the violence in the game is spreading to the broadcast booth. Phelps says the Irish have been beating each other up this way for centuries and bets on who will be next to be hit. Knight is also reputedly using water boarding and other torture techniques approved in the Bush Administration era over at ESPN corporate. ESPN executives there are rumored to be so terrified that they are knuckling under to Knight's demand they hire his son Pat Knight away from TTech to take over for "the General" when he retires from the broadcast booth.

} In a recent survey, Allen Field House was voted the best place to watch a college basketball game and Afghanistan the worst.

} The birth rate among Kansas basketball fans actually went down briefly after the signing of Xavier Henry. KU fans were reportedly collectively spent and smoking cigarettes.

} Reports out of Lincoln, Nebraska, indicate Glenn "Doc" Sadler will be the first D1 coach to being early signing of talent out of reform schools.

} A survery of Fizzou fans indicates most are not able to count up as high as the number of wins their team had this year.

Note: All Burnt Ends are amusements not based in fact.

jaybate 10 years, 8 months ago

Burnt Ends Contd.

} ESPN sources speaking on deep back ground indicate that ESPN basketball broadcasters are being terrorized by Bob Knight when the cameras are off. Knight has been unable to control his urge to coach and has been giving incessant instruction to Dick Vitale, Jay Bilas, Doug Gottlieb, Digger Phelps and others. jaybate's sources indicate that Knight is grabbing fellow broadcasters by the ties and slapping them until they agree to phrasings and pronunciations Knight demands. Vitale apparently likes the slapping, saying it helps him deal with not being worthy of his fame. Bilas is secretly filing a legal brief about Knights inappropriate behavior. Doug Gottlieb believes this is just a sign that the violence in the game is spreading to the broadcast booth. Phelps says the Irish have been beating each other up this way for centuries and bets on who will be next to be hit. Knight is also reputedly using water boarding and other torture techniques approved in the Bush Administration era over at ESPN corporate. ESPN executives there are rumored to be so terrified that they are knuckling under to Knight's demand they hire his son Pat Knight away from TTech to take over for "the General" when he retires from the broadcast booth.

} In a recent survey, Allen Field House was voted the best place to watch a college basketball game and Afghanistan the worst.

} The birth rate among Kansas basketball fans actually went down briefly after the signing of Xavier Henry. KU fans were reportedly collectively spent and smoking cigarettes.

} Reports out of Lincoln, Nebraska, indicate Glenn "Doc" Sadler will be the first D1 coach to being early signing of talent out of reform schools.

} A survey of Fizzou fans indicates most are not able to count up as high as the number of wins their team had this year.

Note: All Burnt Ends are amusements not based in fact.

Rick Arnoldy 10 years, 8 months ago

In their own minds, they were a “dynasty” and still think they gave away the championship rather than KU winning it. A royal beatdown in November would be the final nail in the coffin.

Ervin O'Neal 10 years, 8 months ago

The four teams playing in St Louis should all bring a large crowd. If Memphis leaves, I hope they replace them with another team within driving range that has a large fan base. My first two choices would be Indiana and Michigan State. Then again, wouldn't it be fun to beat up on Kentucky.

I like that we are playing UCLA this year. I would like to see an event every year where the 4 schools with the most wins (Kentucky, UNC, KU, UCLA) meet at a neutral location and have a double header with the opponents rotating each year. This would be great for early season TV coverage and could raise a lot of money for a charitable cause as well. Before last year, I couldn't imagine wanting to play UNC in the regular season, but I'm over that now :)

justanotherfan 10 years, 8 months ago

I agree that if Memphis backs out, they should be replaced by someone within driving distance, but I don't think Indiana is that team. After all, the Hoosiers are still rebuilding from the Kelvin Sampson mess. They aren't equiped to compete on that level. They are the worst team in the Big Ten. A better choice would be Purdue. They should be pretty strong next season.

Jerry Rockhold 10 years, 8 months ago

As far as Withe playing against Memphis, the game in St. Louis is on Nov. 17 & he won't be eligble to play until 2nd semester. He'll be with the team, but won't be able to play.

KUbsee69 10 years, 8 months ago

MEMHAWK:

If the game is Nov 17th, Withey can not play. He's not eligible until the end of the first semester, in December.

Jaminrawk 10 years, 8 months ago

I disagree with Timmay97's take on Barnes. Collins is gone next year and unless KU lands a guy like Joe Jackson or Brandon Knight (or if CJ is truly the real deal at PG like his family is touting) then Taylor will probably slide over to PG. If Henry were to come back (doubtful) then he could play SG and Barnes could play SF. That is the nice thing about Xavier, he is a versatile wing who like B-Rush, can play two spots really well. The real wildcard is Elijah Johnson.

d_prowess 10 years, 8 months ago

Does anyone know what the deal is with the recruiting of Wall? I am not really speaking from KU perspective since I don't think he will land here, but why hasn't he picked a school yet? It seems odd for the top player in the country to still be undecided at this point in the year. Does anyone know any background on why he still has not announced?

Brian Conrad 10 years, 8 months ago

what kind of Nut says we could not use Barnes???? Cole and Sherron will be gone, Better to get 2 star players than top 5 player???? This team , as every team in nation , can always use 5 star players. Bring in talent and let Coach Self teach. recipe for success. This day and age you better have 4 to 5 NBA prospects on a team or you can not win national championship.

Dirk Medema 10 years, 8 months ago

d-prowess - He "knows" he is the top player, "knows" that he is only going to be in school for one more year, and "knows" that there are plenty of still plenty of elite coaches/programs that would do back flips to gain his services for a year.

His questions are: 1. Will the coach be there next year? (Pretty much solved at this point, but a reason for him not signing early.) 2. Will there be other elite players to distribute the ball to? (Dependent on players staying in the draft or returning to "school". Mostly done) 3. Will he have to share PT with another PG? (Dependent on players staying in the draft or returning to "school". Mostly done)

It would never happen at KU, but my guess is that there are plenty of other schools with fans that think he needs to "make up his mind" right away. The good thing about being the best is that you don't have to make decisions based on anyone else's timetable. Realistically, he doesn't need to announce until mid-June when all the NBA draft declaration craziness is over.

Personally, I'm just glad we have the top PG (& center) "recruit" returning to school next year.

Rock Chalk

10 years, 8 months ago

The Dude ~

Please refrain from allowing logic to impede mine and others' forlorn suppositions :^)

Jason Roberts 10 years, 8 months ago

No, Paul Pierce is "Butter" because he plays on the parquet ("Parkay") floor in Boston.

Martin Rosenblum 10 years, 8 months ago

Dr. Dicktionary (aka InfiniteJ),

How does Funk and Wagnall's define Brah, or is it Bro, or do they prefer Brocephus?

Thanks to all for the Withe clarification,

Also,let's not forget, the Morris twins had commited to Mempho, beside the Henrys, and came to their senses. This would give us 4 players who had jilted Mempho for KU for various resons who would have been playing in the Nov 17 game wearing Tiger unis. Now tell me if that's irony, coincidence, or just a wierd fun-fact?

Lance Hobson 10 years, 8 months ago

Jaybate is in rare form. I have to agree that Afghanistan is the worst place to watch a bball game, although it's really not as bad as you would think.

Michael Auchard 10 years, 8 months ago

I'm in a tough situation. I want to watch Royce play Harrison on Friday, but none of my friends are basketball junkie enough to go with me. Tough times. Watching bball alone sucks. You have to give yourself high fives.

Eurekahwk 10 years, 8 months ago

As the original person of this comment thread to dub the Memphis dynasty, those of you who got all exited should relax. I thought you'd be smart enough to get that I was being sarcastic. Of course there was never really a dynasty, but then again we wouldn't have X or CJ if Cal had stayed. And if Mario doesn't hit a certain life changing shot, there would still be more Bill Self bashers. And Memphis picks up permanent validation. And they really were taking our recruits. So that makes them a serious threat. The point is that now we must make sure the Memphis loyals understand that Cal took the program with him.

John Randall 10 years, 8 months ago

"That wouldn't be irony, it would be coincidence."

Is the dichotomy necessary?
Could it be 'ironic coincidence' or, possibly, even 'coincidental irony'?

John Randall 10 years, 8 months ago

"Jaybate is in rare form. I have to agree that Afghanistan is the worst place to watch a bball game, although it's really not as bad as you would think."

From what I hear, there are much worse ways to spend time there.

John Randall 10 years, 8 months ago

"Jaybate is a funny man."

I agree. Some days he is funny (haha), others he is funny (strange). Some days, he can't settle on one or the other.

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